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History: World Trade Problems & Opportunities

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

World Trade Problems & OpportunitiesBy Dr. Claude Isbister An address by Dr. Claude Isbister, Department of Trade and Commerce, Ottawa, before the 57th Annual Meeting of the Western Stock Growers’ Association held at Calgary, February 12, 13, 1953. ‘The Rt. Honorable James G. Gardiner, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture, has just spoken to you of the […] Read more

Ralph C. Coppock.

History: Ralph Coppock, Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding

Reprinted from the May 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Ralph Coppock: Pioneer Exponent of Cattle Feeding By Grant MacEwan Ralph Coppock, one of the pioneer advocates of the practice of commercial cattle feeding in Alberta, and grandfather of Kenneth Coppock, editor of the Canadian Cattlemen, was born on April 3, 1874, in Marion, Kansas. Coming into manhood Ralph and his brother Tom were operating […] Read more


History: Plain Tales – Pt. 2

Reprinted from the July 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Plain TalesBy Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask. ‘Even after the railway came out, outlying settlements still had to depend on a mail carrier with an elastic schedule, a horse and wagon and unlimited time. One of these men said he became personally acquainted with every gopher beside the trail. Railway construction days were colorful […] Read more

History: Plain Tales – Pt. 1

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Plain TalesBy Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask. ‘People who live on the High Plains are primarily practical yet there is a welt of story and legend west of the Great Lakes, with the store particularly rich along the South Saskatchewan River as it flows from the Rocky Mountains down to the sea. The river […] Read more


History: The Gang Ranch

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Gang Ranch By Lyn Harrington The Gang Ranch has always been a name to conjure up visions of the largest ranch in Canada. It’s still large and second in size only to the famous Douglas Lake Ranch farther south in B.C. In 1948 the Gang Ranch changed hands for the third time in almost […] Read more

History: Manager’s Report

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manager’s Report By Grant MacEwan To the President and Directors, Council of Canadian Beef Producers, (Western Section) ‘Eight months with the Council of Canadian Beef Producers (Western Section), have served to confirm the task in promotion and public relations that faces the beef producers of Canada. The responses to the efforts of those months seem […] Read more


History: Calgary Bull Sale Still Great

History: Calgary Bull Sale Still Great

Reprinted from the April 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Calgary Bull Sale Still Great By Lorne Stout ‘Optimists and pessimists staged a week-long battle at the 53rd annual Calgary Bull Sale, but by Saturday night – when the last of 1,135 Bulls had been sold – the optimists had won hands down. This had been Calgary’s greatest Bull Sale – in more than half […] Read more

Kenneth R. Coppock.

History: Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Coppock resigns as WSGA secretary By Canadian Cattlemen staff/Kenneth Coppock ‘CALGARY, Feb. 18, 1953 – In a joint statement today issued by Bert Hargrave, President of the Western Stock Growers’ Association, and Kenneth R. Coppock, it was announced that Mr. Coppock had resigned as Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, a position he has […] Read more


A small place of his own on the ranch is often the happiest solution for the retiring rancher.

History: The Rancher Retires

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Rancher Retires By Lyn Harrington ‘No one likes to think ahead to the day when his eyesight’s not so good, wind not what it was, and when both mental and muscular reactions are slowed down. But it happens, just as inevitably in man as it does the herd. The difference is that the rancher […] Read more

History: Ranching De Luxe

Reprinted from the March 1953 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Historical Tales: Ranching de Luxe By Senator F. W. Gershaw ‘As the dwindling herds of buffalo retreated from the hills of Western Dakota an effort at big-time ranching was started. One day in April, 1883, a private car was shunted onto a side-track in Missouri known as the toughest little town on the line. The […] Read more